Sunday, May 29, 2016

Fish



Hi everyone,

I have another card that I created a few years ago which I haven't blogged as yet. 

This card uses a technique I learnt years ago which for want of a better name I call Vellum Reverse Resist Technique. This used to be one of my favorite techniques to use with vellum.

Here is how I created the background for this card:
  1. Stamp an image or images onto the front of your vellum using black ink
  2. Turn the vellum over so that the reverse side of the vellum is facing up.  Stamp a background stamp (or a smaller stamp repeatedly) onto the vellum using versamark ink and then cover with clear embossing powder and emboss.
  3. Use markers or dye ink pads to color the back of the vellum (the sided with the clear embossing, going over the embossed background. Polish the colored area with a tissue to remove any ink from the clear embossing. Your background should now be able to be seen from the front.
  4. Cut a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet the same size as your vellum and carefully layer the adhesive to the reverse side of the vellum.
  5. Cut a piece of white card the same size as the vellum and layer this to the other side of the adhesive.
  6. Assemble your card as desired.

Note: Keep in mind when selecting stamps to use for your background on the reverse side of the vellum that the image will be mirrored when you look at your card from the front. So this technique won't work with word stamps unless they are special reversed words designed for this purpose.


Stamps: Fish; Waves; Shell - Print Blocks
Paper: White; Pink; Blue
Other: Black Ink;  Versamark Ink; Kaleidacolor Ink Pad; Brayer; Clear Embossing Powder






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Saturday, May 28, 2016

#1 Teacher


Hi everyone,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Barb Anders our challenge hostess for the month finishes off the month with one last challenge.

Barb says .... The end of May signals the end of the school year in the US. Let's make a teacher thank you card this week. If you don't have a use for a teacher thank you card feel free to make a generic thank you card instead.



It always seems strange having school finish in the middle of the year as were I live our school year doesn't end until the end of the year. I guess it is all about when our summer holidays are :).

As I will need to have a few cards for my daughter to give to my grandchildren's teachers this was an ideal time to get another one made.

It has been a while since I have made a pencil shaped card so I figured I would create one for this challenge.



Of course I love interactive cards and I could just make a plain card for this challenge so lets go pop up! I used the Lucy Labels Pop Up Card die set designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs.

As you can see I recreated the pencil design I created on the front on the inside of my card.

The sentiment I used is an old one from MFT Stamps, I liked this one as I figured there is an eraser on the end of the pencil, which kind of matches the sentiment.


Here is another view of my card, taken at a different angle so you can see the pop up part of the card a little better.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.

Stamps: Clearly Sentimental About Teachers - MFT Stamps
Paper: White; Kraft; Black; Pink; Silver; Dino Friends DP - Echo Park
Dies: Lucy Label Pop Up Card - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs; Wonderful Words Teacher; Wonderful Words Thank You - Papertrey Ink; Cheveron Border - MFT Stamps
Other: Black Ink; Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape - ECD







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Friday, May 27, 2016

You Are Dynamite


Hi everyone,

It's my Grandson's 6th Birthday today, wow it is hard to believe that 6 years ago I was holding him for the very first time!

One of the things he likes are dinosaurs, so I decided to use that theme for his birthday card. Of course I also had to use another of the numbers from the Decor N More Number dies from MFT Stamps

As you can see I have created a Tri Shutter Card using the Shutter die from Tattered Lace.



Here is another view of my card, taken at a different angle so you can see the folds a little easier.


And finally here is the front of the card when it is folded ready to be placed in an envelope.

Stamps: Dino-Mite - Our Craft Lounge; Airplane Greetings - MFT Stamps
Paper: White; Kraft; Green; Dino Friends DP - Echo Park
Dies: Tri Shutter Card - Tattered Lace; Décor N More 6 - MFT Stamps; Discover Dinosaurs - Echo Park
Other: Black Ink; Foam Tape



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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Blueberries


Hi everyone,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Our challenge hostess for the month, Maryann Einam continues to issue the challenges.

Apparently today is National Blueberry Cheesecake day, who knew but it sounds yummy so make a card with this theme in mind.


For my card today I pulled out one of my Alota Rubber Stamps images, this stamp is perfect for this challenge with all those blueberries in their basket. I guess they are thinking about baking a Blueberry Cheesecake right!

For the base of my card I used the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs. I substituted the frame that comes in the die set,  for the Stitched Ovals and Dotted Scallop Ovals.


Here is another view of my card, this time at an angle soo you can see the pull tab in action.


And the card when it is closed ready to be popped in an envelope.



And finally the back of my card where I added another sentiment.

Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:


Anne Harmon
Joanne Grzelak
Liz Williams
Lois Bak
Lynn McAuley
Maryann Einam
Vicky Gould



Stamps: Bugs full of Blueberries - Alota Rubber Stamps; Strawberries2stamp; Morestrawberries2stamp - The Stamps of Life
Paper: White; Blue; Lavender; Zig Zag DP - Fabscraps
Dies: Hanging Charm Pull Tab - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs; Stitched Ovals; Dotted Scallop Ovals - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; Fibres; Copics



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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Happy Birthday


Hi everyone,

Today I am sharing another card I created some years ago using the Spin Art Machine Toy to create the background.



Stamps: Girl with Star - Designs Ink'd; Happy Birthday Border - Unknown
Paper: White Gloss; Pyellow; Orange
Other: Black Ink;  Magic Spin Art Toy; Yellow Brads



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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Forty only 11 in Scrabble



Hi everyone,

My eldest daughter turns 40 today, so of course I had to create a special 40th birthday card for her.  As I have a number of the special big "0" birthdays this year .... 40th; 60th and 90th, I decided to purchase the MFT Stamps Decor N More Number dies last year. So now I have them of course I need  to use them for their cards somehow.



For my daughter's card I decided to create a pop up card and add the numbers to the pop up panel on the inside. I used the Lots of Pops Pop Up Card die set designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs.

I have seen a few cards on Pinterest that tell you how many points your age is in scrabble for those special big birthdays, so I decided to use that on my card also. Apparently Forty (40) is only 11 in Scrabble. 

To decorate the "40" I added a Prima Doll, I was going to use the whole doll but when I cut it out using my Scan N Cut it cut the inside as well as the outside of the legs for some reason, but as it worked well coming through the hole in the "O" I was able to still use the image.

Because the numbers are fairly tall, I had to add an extra panel to each end of my card so the numbers wouldn't poke out when closed.



Here is another view of my card taken at a different angle so you can see the Pop Up a little better.



I kept the front of my card fairly simple, adding the designer papers I used on the inside and also using the A Way with Word Happy Birthday die which is layered onto the Stitched Ovals and new Dotted Scallop Ovals from Elizabeth Craft Designs.



Stamps: Party Girl - Prima
Paper: White; Green; Balloons DP - We R Memory Keepers; Little Boy Blue Stanley DP - Crate Paper
Dies: Lots of Pops Pop Up Card - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs; Stitched Ovals; Dotted Scallop Ovals; Happy Birthday - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Décor N More 4; Décor N More 0 - MFT Stamps; Happy Birthday - Creative Expression
Other: Black Ink; Foam Tape; Copics


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Monday, May 23, 2016

Years Tell Us Much

Hi everyone,

I have one more card to share which was created using the Spin Art Machine Toy to create the background. I kept this card fairly simple and just added a sentiment to the lower right hand corner of the card.


Stamps: Audrey - Years Tell Us Much - Wordsworth Rubber Stamps
Paper: White Gloss; Black; Green
Other: Black Ink;  Magic Spin Art Toy; Black Brads



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Sunday, May 22, 2016

As Time Goes By


Hi everyone,

I hope you are enjoying your weekend. My card today is another I created some years ago using the Spin Art Machine Toy and dye inks. I love how the backgrounds are different everytime.

The imagine used on my card is another from Rubber Romance.





Stamps: Audrey - Rubber Romance; As Time Goes By - Unknown
Paper: White Gloss; Black; Red
Other: Black Ink;  Magic Spin Art Toy; Black Brads; Foam Tape; Copics



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Saturday, May 21, 2016

This Bugs's for You



Hi everyone,


It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Barb Anders,  the challenge hostess for the month continues to issue the challenges.


Being the third Saturday of the month it is time for our Sketch Challenge. I hope you have fun playing with this layout.






For my card today I decided to play with the new Ladybugs die set designed by Joset Designs for Elizabeth Craft Designs which is being released later this month. This die set contains 4 dies which include 1 solid body and 3 different wings that you can use to create your ladybugs. I used 2 of the wings for my card today.




As you can see I created a Pop Up Card using the Happy Birthday Pop Up Card die set designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs. Normally when I used this die set I decorate the card with the stars included in the die set, but as ladybugs prefer flowers to stars I decided to add some white flowers to my card where I would normally place the stars. 

I added three more ladybugs to decorate my card and also added an oval panel for the hand written greeting.




Here is another view of the inside of my card taken at a different angle, so you can see the pop up a little easier.


Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.


Anja de Regt
Barbara Anders
Jessie Rone
Joanne Grzelak
Karen Aicken
Maryann Einam
Peggy McCurry
Raquel Mason
Rebecca Ednie
Jen Benner 
Wanda Cullen (May Guest Designer)


Stamps: This Bugs for You - Darcie Stamps
Paper: White; Black; Sailing Cards DP - Carta Bella; Sunbeam DP - Kaisercraft
Dies: Happy Birthday Pop Up Card - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs; Ladybug; Dotted Scallop Rectangles; Stitched Rectangles; Stitched Ovals; Dotted Scallop Ovals; Bunch of Flowers 2 - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other ECD Products: Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape; Red/Gold Glitter Dot Peel Off Stickers
Other: Black Ink; Clear Dots; Foam Tape



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Friday, May 20, 2016

Have a Splashing Day!


Hi everyone,

It's my turn to post a tutorial on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. Today I decided to play with a few of the new die sets from the Joset Designs and Els van de Burgt Studio collections which will be released this month.

Here is how I created my card: 

Creating the card base - 

1. Cut a piece of Soft Sky Soft Finish Cardstock so it measures 4 3/4 inches x 11 1/2 inches. Score along the long side at 5 3/4 inches and fold so that you have a top folding card.



2. Take a piece of patterned cardstock from the Through the Lens Stone 6 x 6 Patterned Cardstock pack (refer to the photo above on the left). Color this cardstock using salty ocean distress ink using a blending tool, I also added some picket fence distress ink over the top to tone it done a little. 
  • Cut this piece of cardstock down so it measures 4 1/2 inches x 5 3/4 inches.
  • Adhere this panel to the card so that there is an 1/8 inch edge on either side of the cardstock.
3. Die cut two of the diamond borders from the Bead String 1 die set from Blue Soft Finish Cardstock that has Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the back. 
  • Adhere the borders on either side of the of the edge of the patterned cardstock to that the centre point of the border die lines up with the edge of the patterned cardstock.
  • Attach Turquoise/Silver Glitter Dot Peel Off Stickers to each of the circles on the borders.


4. From the Dolphin die set die cut the following from White Soft Finish Cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the back.
  • (1) Dolphin
  • (1) Dolphin Flipper
  • (1) of each Splash
  • (1) set of water drops
5. From the Boat die set die cut the following from White Soft Finish Cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the back.
  • (2) waves
6. Counting from the centre die, die cut the fourth oval from the Stitched Ovals die set from Soft Sky Soft Finish Cardstock. 
  • Emboss oval using the Clouds Embossing Folder
  • Counting from the centre die, die cut the fifth oval from the Dotted Scallop Ovals die set from Bluebell Soft Finish Cardstock.
  • Layer the Cloud Embossed Soft Sky oval to the Bluebell Dotted Scallop Oval.
7. Using the photo above as a guide color the dolphin and the dolphins flipper with grey ink going darker at the top of the dolphin.
  • Color the Splash; water drops and waves using tumbled glass distress ink and salty ocean distress ink.
8. Remove the protective backing from one of the waves and adhere it to other wave so that the waves are offset. 
  • Take the Stitched Oval die we used to die cut the cloud oval and position the waves so that the bottom of the waves line up with the bottom of the die and run through die cutting machine.
  • Adhere the waves to the oval panel using foam tape.
  • Adhere the splashes to either side of the oval and add the water drops as per photo above.
  • Attach the dolphin to the oval using foam tape.
  • Add a Black/Silver Glitter Dot Peel Off Sticker to the dolphin for an eye.
9. Attach the oval panel to the centre of the card base using foam tape.

10. Stamp the sentiment "have a Splashing day!" onto White Soft Finish Cardstock using black ink. Trim around the sentiment to create a rectangle panel. 
  • Adhere sentiment to the top left hand corner of the card at a slight angle.



11. The Inside of the Card: 
  • Counting from the centre die, die cut the third oval from the Dotted Scallop Ovals die set from White Soft Finish Cardstock.
  • Sponge the edges of the oval using blue ink.
  • Stamp the sentiment "Wishing You Oceans of Joy" in the centre of the oval using black ink.
  • Adhere oval to the centre of the inside of the card.

  • Using the Bead Oval Frames die set die cut the largest oval from Bluebell Soft Finish Cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the back.
  • Adhere Bead Oval Frame to the centre of the inside of the card.
  • Attach Turquoise/Silver Glitter Dot Peel Off Stickers to each of the circles on the oval alternating from the large to small dots.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Other:
Inks - Tumbled Glass Distress Ink; Salty Ocean Distress Ink; Picket Fence Distress Ink; Slate Adirondack Ink
Die Cutting Machine
Blending Tool
Foam Tape





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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Oceans of Joy


Hi everyone,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Our challenge hostess for the month, Maryann Einam continues to issue the challenges.

For our challenge this week Maryann has challenged us to create a Four Way Card, there is a tutorial for this over on the Splitcoast Stampers Resource Section



When I used to make these years ago we called them Quartet Cards.

For the base of my card I used the main page from the Oval Accordion Card die set designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs.

To decorate my card I used two of the new die sets being released later this month from the Joset Designs collection for Elizabeth Craft Designs. These are the Seahorse die and the Seaweed die sets. I also used the circles die to represent bubbles in the card.



Here is another view of my card, so that you can see the different sections of the card.


This card folds flat so it can be placed in an envelope.

Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:


Anne Harmon
Joanne Grzelak
Liz Williams
Lois Bak
Lynn McAuley
Maryann Einam
Vicky Gould

Stamps: Ahoy Sentiments - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Paper: White; Green; Grey; Pink; Orange
Dies: Oval Accordion Card - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs; Seahorse; Seaweed - designed by Joset Designs for Elizabeth Craft Designs; Circles - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other ECD Products: Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape;
Other: Tumbled Glass Distress Ink; Salty Ocean Distress Ink; Broken China Distress Ink; Fossilized Amber; Peeled Paint Distress Ink; Hickory Smoke Distress Ink; Victorian Velvet; Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink;



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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Butterfly Birthday


Hi Everyone,


My card today is for a challenge I do with a couple of friends of mine. Each month we get together and go to our favorite paper crafts store and come home with one or two new goodies. So we decided to also challenge ourselves each month using a product we all have.



Last month when we went shopping my friends were looking at the Memory Box Clara Corner die which we all ended up buying, so for our challenge this time round we had to use this on our cards.

I created a pull card using the Oval Pull Card die set designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs

I then used the Clara Corner die on the top right hand corner and bottom left hand corner of my card. I colored the flowers using copic markers.



To decorate my card I added a few different sized butterflies which were die cut in Shimmer Sheetz or Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape which I then covered with Lavender Silk Microfine Glitter.


Stamps: Birthday Joy Calligraphy - Paper Inspirations; Sprinkles and Smiles - Penny Black
Paper: White; Purple; Lavender
Dies: Oval Pull Card; Oval Accordion Card; Butterfly Pivot Card - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs; Small Butterfly; Butterfly Overlay 1; Butterfly Silhouette - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Clara Corner - Memory Box
Other ECD Products: Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape; Lavender Silk Microfine Glitter; Purple Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz
Other: Black Ink; Pearls; Foam Tape; Copics



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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Karen Burniston May Designer Challenge Day 2



Hi everyone,

It's time for our May Karen Burniston Designer Challenge. This time round Karen has given us the theme .... Stage it Stencils - Make a project of any theme incorporating one or more stencils.


For my card today I have gone Steampunk! It's not a style I often do, but I just had to play with some of the new Steampunk themed products Karen Burniston has designed for a release later this month for Elizabeth Craft Designs.

I have had Steampunk Owls on my mind lately, so I knew I wanted to use Poppy the Owl for my card and steampunk it up a little. I selected some paper from the Through the Lens Metal 6 x 6 Patterned Cardstock for the owls body. I used the Gears Stage It Stencil to add a few gears to this paper using brown ink. After assembling the owl I added some embellishments to it from the new Steampunk Charm die set, including the hat, key and gear.

The base of my card using paper from the Through the Lens Stone 6 x 6 Patterned Cardstock. I again used the Gears Stage It Stencil to added the gear pattern all over the paper. 



As you can see I have used the Hanging Charm Pull Tab Card die set for my card. I have again used the Through the Lens Metal 6 x 6 Patterned Cardstock  for the main part of my card.

I have embellished my card using the gears from both the new Steampunk Charms die set and the Clock & Gears die set. These were die cut from Bronze Metallic Shimmer Sheetz and then I pounced gold alcohol ink over the gears. 

Here is a look at my card when it is closed ready to be placed in an envelope.



I have kept my card as a flat card so I decorated the back of the card for the sentiment etc. I used the new Steampunk Clear stamps for the sentiment and gears in the corners.

The gears above and under the sentiment are two more die cut from Bronze Metallic Shimmer Sheetz.  I also added the stripe that was cut off the patterned cardstock I decorated for the front to the left side of the card.


Want to complete your Characters and Props collection? Now's your chance!
Poppy, Buster, Rocky, and Brownie. Bears, dogs, owls, and frogs. Cowboys and party hats. Mustaches and glasses. Scuba gear. Let your imagination run wild with Characters and Props die sets, from the Pop it Ups line by Karen Burniston!
Elizabeth Craft Designs are offering 20% off all Characters and Props on our online store from now until Thursday, May 19th.


If you are looking to purchase Karen's Pop It Ups dies in Australia you can find them at Craft Giraffe (formerly Photo Continental).


Don't forget to check out  Karen Burniston's blog  on Wednesday when you will be able to see what all the designers created for the challenge this month, plus an amazing card/video tutorial from Karen Burniston.

Stamps: Steampunk Clear Stamps - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Paper: White; Black; Orange; Grey; Through the Lens Metal 6 x 6 Patterned Cardstock; Through the Lens Stone 6 x 6 Patterned Cardstock - Eizabeth Craft Designs
Dies: Poppy the Owl; Hanging Charm Pull Tab; Steampunk Charms; Clock & Gears - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other ECD Products: Gears Stage It Stencil;  Bronze Shimmer Sheetz; Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape 64mm; Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape 3mm
Other: Black Ink; Ground Espresso Distress Ink; Gold Alcohol Ink; Copper Brads



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